Balancing Public Safety and Civil Liberties: Law Enforcement Policy-Making

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

This class is geared towards students who are interested in negotiation and public policy making, especially in the law enforcement context. In this seminar, we will practice basic negotiation skills, with an emphasis on identifying shared and divergent interests, communicating effectively, and crafting creative policy solutions to thorny problems. Students will work in small groups to prepare for and actively participate in a series of policy negotiations focused on competing public safety and civil liberties interests in the law enforcement context. We will focus on policy questions with 1st Amendment implications, such as when it is appropriate to investigate political activity and religious accommodations for arrestees, as well as policy-making that pertains to law enforcement use of emerging technologies, such as facial recognition technology and DNA databases. In a series of mock negotiations, students will assume the divergent roles of various stakeholders to negotiate and draft policies on the substantive topics discussed.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: On a weekly basis, participants will submit short written assignments (directly to instructor, not via EXPO) pertaining to reading assignments and/or negotiation modules, including negotiation preparation and policy drafting.

Other Work
This seminar requires meaningful and active class preparation, including policy drafting and reading assignments throughout the semester. Students work collaboratively (and socially distanced/online) with assigned partners during and outside class and present their proposed policy solutions for further class discussion.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: Attendance and active participation is required.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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